IITA partners with global leaders to deliver soil health and productivity solutions to Africa’s farms

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Millions of smallholder farmers across Africa are about to get a helping hand from the tiniest of allies: microbes.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) recently announced the launch of a groundbreaking project titled “Making effective bio-inputs work for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa” (BioSSA). The project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is aimed at empowering smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa with innovative bio-inputs. This groundbreaking strategic collaboration is a first in Africa and is poised to accelerate progress, ensuring the successful development and deployment of bio-input innovations that will positively impact smallholder farmers across Africa.

According to Bernard Vanlauwe, IITA Deputy Director General, Research for Development, “BioSSA represents a critical step towards empowering African smallholder farmers with innovative tools to enhance their productivity and resilience in the face of climate change. By harnessing the power of bio-inputs, we can unlock the potential of African agriculture, empower millions of farmers, boost food production, and build a more resilient future for the continent.”

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